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Signcity (NT) Pty Ltd. The first Darwin sign company with latex printing. The most advanced sign fabrication and installation company Darwin has created

In another first for Darwin and with consideration for their staff, the environment and their customers, SignCity (NT) has purchased and installed three new wide format HP latex printers, the latest in technology for printing of all signage, vehicle wraps, display and exhibition materials.

Following on from Sign City’s investment of purchasing and installing Australia’s first Mimaki JF1631 UV ink flatbed wide format printer, using environmentally friendly water based uv cured inks to produce printed signage and display / exhibition materials, printed direct to the surface of virtually any material up to 50mm thick, the HP latex printers were chosen by the owners of Sign City  for similar reasons.

We have recently upgraded our UV flatbed capabilities by purchasing an industrial HP UV flatbed. This offers greater production rates and higher quality than the previous machine

Regular discussions between the owners and their highly valued staff whom, they regard as part of ‘their  family’, highlighted everyone’s interests and ideas in continuing to strive for better quality, better production and service and a more eco-friendly option when producing signage. The decision was made after considerable research to invest in the water based HP latex designjet printers in preference to that of the traditional eco/mild/hard solvent ink printers used in most sign shops.

Brad (the younger one) says “HP’s introduction of latex print technology has become one of the industry’s watershed moments in the production of superior quality indoor and outdoor signage and graphics with durability equal to the now old fashioned eco/mild solvent print technology”.

Industry reports indicate some of the benefits of the HP latex technology now offered by SignCity are, high print quality up to 1200dpi even up to 3200mm width, versatility with a far greater range of applications than existing solvent ink technology and superior performance with vehicle graphics, polyester textiles, papers and backlit banners.

Brad also says, “besides prints being odour free, all prints come out of the HP latex printer dry and ready for immediate use because of the built in heating function in the printer whereas, with the old fashioned solvent inks, prints needed to be hung to dry and de-gas for anything from 24 to 48 hours”.  “with the advent of three new printers, this will enable us to improve our productivity and cope with the ever increasing demand for fast turn-a-round requests from our customers”. He also added, “unlike traditional solvent based ink technology, our HP latex printers will not produce any voc’s (volatile organic compounds) or hazardous air pollutants making things safer for our staff and customers alike”.

Brad (the older one) pointed out that, “these new state-of-the-art printers will satisfy those looking for high quality photographic, fine art and graphics reproduction with built in features such as a spectrophotometer to automatically scan colour patches within the image for what is called ‘closed-loop calibration’ to give consistent colour from print to print and job to job”. Brad also pointed out the built in optical media advance sensor which also assists in high image quality and consistency. “these high resolution printers (up to 1200dpi) print rich saturated colours quickly and precisely, and will give our clients some of the most vibrant signs Darwin has seen” brad says.

In conjunction with their investment in these additional printers, SignCity NT has also researched and sourced a range of both recycled and recyclable digital print media to further consider and ease the impact on the environment. The environmentally considerate nature of latex inks and the range of recycleable materials from SignCity NT allows those customers, including government departments, exhibition and display organisations as well as all other business types and consumers, a choice to make sustainability an issue when choosing where and how they want their signage, graphics or exhibition displays produced.

The Darwin sign industry as we know it is evolving rapidly. With the Inpex gas plant project coming to fruition, Darwin sign installers and signage companies are having to adhere to strict new guidelines and regulations to conduct their businesses. SignCity NT can offer a complete package from on-site safety implementation, council permits and occupancy certificates for signage, access equipment, dial before you dig compliance, engineers drawings and final electrical fit-offs ensuring you can count on us to provide a start to finish signage project.

Signs Darwin needs? Our motto here at SignCity NT is “Everything Signage” and that is what we offer you. If you need avehicle wrapped, plane, train or bike wrapped, custom made fabrication of signage, mining signage and mine spec vehicle signs, Australian standard braille signage, LED or neon signs, 3D illuminated channel letters , a logo designed, flyers, business cards, stubbie coolers or pull up banners designed, if you want teardrop or bowhead banners, massive billboard banners, illuminated flexface banners, fence mesh, any banner, any size, high grade external signage including pylon signs, illuminated plinths, internal signage for your office or feature wall, latex printed wall murals or anything printed wide format, Australian standard road or safety signs, cnc routered lettering or logos, if you need laser cutting or engraving done, uv flatbed printing on mini orb, stone, routered doors, fabric, we will print on anything under 50mm thick!, if you desire custom made expo and display booths, if you need your website or digital content integrated into free standing digital kiosks or if you just want some traditional brushwork signage done, our professional friendly signwriters here at SignCity can do it.